Book Week Scotland is heading our way at a brisk pace.

It’s the week that sees more authors on the road than traffic cones, darting here and there to engage with readers in libraries and other venues across our beautiful country.

I’m thankful that I’ve got a busy week, although I’ll sure be racking up the miles.

This year’s theme is REBEL, so I’ll be tailoring my presentation to that. Is it a noun or a verb? And how does it dovetail into crime fiction? These are the questions I’ll be pondering in my solo events.

On Monday November 19 I’m in Greenock Central Library.

However, on Tuesday November 20 I’ll be doing my Graham Norton with bestselling – and prizewinning – authors Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney, discussing their books The Long Drop and The Quaker in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. Both are superb reads based on real-life events. I’m looking forward to talking true Glasgow crime in a fictional setting with them. Both Denise and Liam know their stuff and they will provide some fascinating insights into real crime and writing.

Wednesday November 21 sees me back on my own with my Rebel theme, this time heading to Lochgilphead Library

Then, on Thursday, it’s over the water to lovely Mull and Tobermory Library

On Friday, I’ll be lying down in a darkened room!

I hope to see you at one of these events. Book Week Scotland is a wonderful concept by the Scottish Book Trust and has been going strong for some time now. I’m honoured to be part of it.

I complete my mini tour of Argyll and Bute for Book Week Scotland in Helensburgh.


I’ll be chatting about how it was the writer’s life for me, after everything else proved – well – not for me.

I’m looking forward to all these events!

As with all the events this week, admission is free.


Info here:

With thanks to Argyll and Bute Libraries and Scottish Book Trust.

The midway point of my three day mini tour of Argyll and Bute takes me to Campbeltown, just down the road from the land of my forefathers (which was Gigha, by the way).

This is another event for the fabulous Book Week Scotland, organised by the Scottish Book Trust (yay for them!)


These next two events are called Skelton’s Skeletons. Will I be pulling anything out of the closet? Of course I will – I’m not heading there naked. It’s the end of November, for goodness sake. I’d freeze my plots off.

I’ll talking about the life of a writer. Luckily, that writer happens to be me so I know a thing or two about it.

I’ll discuss the books, both fiction and non. I’ll talk about the process. I’ll talk about dealing with reviews.

It’s all light-hearted stuff, so if you’re in Campbeltown, come see me.

More info here:


With thanks to Argyll and Bute Libraries and Scottish Book Trust.

It’s fast becoming a tradition in any book festival worth its salt that there is an East Coast v West Coast event – or a North v South.


Next week is Book Week Scotland and on Thursday November 26 the formidable Caro Ramsay will be debating with the plucky Neil Broadfoot on which setting is tops – is it West (which rhymes with Best) or the East (which rhymes with East).

They’re both pictured here – and if you can’t work out which is which, then you have my pity.


I’ll be moderating the event and if you think you detect any bias you couldn’t be more wrong. I will be fair and even-minded, even though Glasgow is best.

You’ll find details here:


Caro and Neil